Advocacy Agenda

2019-2020 Advocacy Agenda

Protecting Reimbursement: To ensure physician payment reflects the value of, and effort required for, gastrointestinal endoscopic care.

Alleviating Administration Burden: To ease regulatory burdens placed by payers that negatively affect the practice of gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Reducing Practice Restrictions: To ensure access to efficient and appropriate care regardless of physician ownership or setting, including imaging, pathology, and anesthesia services.

Promoting Opportunities to Participate in Alternative Payment Models (APMs): To promote fairness and transparency in evolving Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) programs including MIPS and APMs.

Promoting the Value of Ambulatory Surgical Centers: To highlight the value of endoscopic services performed in ASCs, mitigate regulatory burdens and influence the development of regulations favorable to ASCs.

Promoting Colon Cancer Screening: To ensure colonoscopy access and coverage for all age-appropriate patients, eliminate disparities in screening rates and promote United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)- approved screening methods.

Protecting and Growing National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding: To increase federal funding for basic and applied endoscopic research.